Fun and Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Toddler in a skeleton t-shirt as a Halloween costumeThe spooky season is here, and that means it’s time to get your costume all planned out! Check out some of these cool Halloween costume ideas for the whole family.

  • Kids – When it comes to children’s Halloween costumes, comfort and safety are key! Just say no to masks, hats, or wigs that restrict vision. You should also avoid long robes, sashes, or capes that could trip them up. There are lots of easy DIY costumes you can make for your kids from things you already have in the closet! Use puff paint on a black top and pants to create a cute and comfy little skeleton, or use color blocking to create a candy-corn-inspired ensemble with orange pants, a yellow shirt, and a little white hat!
  • Witchy Woman – Need a last-minute DIY Halloween costume? The witch is in – your closet! Grab a long black skirt or dress, add some boots, and all you need is a hat or a cinnamon broom to complete the look!
  • Closet Costumes for Men – For a quick and easy costume for men, check your closet! A Mr Rogers, Marty McFly, The Dude, or Gomez can likely be made out of clothes you already have. Plus, Gomez pairs perfectly with a witchy Morticia for a cute couples costume!

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? We won’t be open on Halloween night, but we hope you have a great time wearing your costume! We’ll be here after the candy extravaganza so you can skate off all that sugar.

Homeschool Skate Is Back!

Two girls doing homeworkGood news, Tallahassee homeschoolers: Homeschool Skate is BACK! We’re excited to share that this awesome homeschool event will resume every first Friday of the month from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Why Homeschool Activities Matter

There are plenty of stereotypes and misconceptions around homeschooling’s perceived social shortcomings. However, as any homeschool family can tell you, socialization is what you make of it, and many homeschool kids enjoy an extremely well-rounded social life thanks to lessons, clubs, sports, community organizations, churches, and local homeschool meetups for different age groups. These activities are so important, because kids do need to spend time with their peers in order to make friends and build the social skills that will take them into the adult world.

These connections can also help fill in the gaps; we all have areas where we’re more talented and other areas where we need some practice. Getting together regularly with other homeschool families exposes kids to other parent-teachers and homeschool students who may have some awesome tips, tricks, or skills that you’re missing!

What to Expect at Skate World Center’s Homeschool Skate

When you visit us for Homeschool Skate, your $6 admission lets you choose 2 of our fun activities for a customized experience. Choose from roller skating (including skate rental!), the playground for kids 10 and younger, or the arcade ($3 of tokens included). Skate the evening away to your favorite tunes and enjoy some fun and fellowship with friends!

Ready to have a blast with other homeschool families in Tallahassee? Invite your friends and be sure to share your Skate World photos on our Facebook page!

School’s OUT but We’re Open

fall holiday funWhat are your plans for the upcoming holiday? Schools might be closed on September 19th but we’re not! Come celebrate a day off with us at Skate World Center in Tallahassee, FL. We’ll be having fun all day with great specials.

School’s Out Specials

So here’s what’s going on at Skate World on the 19th of September.

From 11 am to 4 pm, we’ll be having an open skate and party. Admission is on $9 per person and includes one activity. You can choose between our awesome playground or hours on our skating floor. Our playground is perfect for kids 10 and under. Skating is open to all ages. Skate rentals are an additional $4.

Fall Break at Skate World

We’ll also be having specials on October 12th when schools out again! With the same great deals as this coming September 19th, it’s another great day to skate and play with us when school’s out.

Birthdays and More

At Skate World, we specialize in special days. Holiday parties aren’t the only thing we’re great at. Our birthday party packages are awesome too! Do you have a little one with a big day coming up? Our party packages start as low as $159 for 3 hours of fun with your birthday boy or girl and 10 of their best friends!

Roll into Skate World Today

Give us a call or roll by to find out more about our private parties, holiday specials or just to have a good time at our roller skating center. We’re the place to be in Tallahassee for days off school and special birthday events!

Roll Into the School Year With These Tips

close up shot of kid’s Chucks standing among school suppliesWith a new school year ahead of us, many families are figuring out how to adjust and get back into the swing of things. Fortunately, with a few tips you and your kids can roll into the new school year right and have a blast.

Plan Fundraisers Early

If you’re in charge of fundraising for the PTA, school sports teams, class trips, or any other school club or activity, the time to plan your next fundraiser is NOW! Don’t wait until the last minute to book your roller skating fundraiser; get it on the school calendar as soon as possible to ensure a good turn out from students and their families.

Stick to a Routine

Lazy summer days are fun, but that laid-back attitude won’t work as well during the school year. Regular bedtimes (for kids AND parents) can help keep everyone energized and in a good mood. Let kids know when they’re expected to do chores, homework, play, or go to after-school activities. Consider keeping a nice big calendar in the kitchen or mudroom so everyone can see what’s on the docket for the week. It’s also important to make time for fun, so schedule a weekly family fun night where the whole family enjoys an activity together. Skating at Skate World Center is a great option if you’re looking for affordable family activities in Tallahassee!

Keep the Fun Alive

Speaking of keeping the summer fun going year-round, it’s important that friendships don’t get pushed aside with the demands of school, sports, and other activities. Make sure your kids are getting the social interaction they need by scheduling a roller skating playdate! And remember, the Kids Skate Free program lasts all year, so your kids can skate their hearts out without hurting your wallet.

Ready for a fun school year? You bet! Contact us to learn more about our school fundraisers and field trips in Tallahassee.

Experience STEM Learning and Fun with a Skate World Field Trip

STEM Field Trips graphic with apples and pencilsWe believe that science, technology, engineering, and math (collectively known as STEM Fields) are sometimes best taught through hands-on learning. That is why we are so proud to offer exciting STEM Field Trips in Tallahassee for children in grades K-12!

At our premier Tallahassee skate center, our STEM educators can teach your students through practical and engaging lessons on a wide range of STEM topics. Each student field trip includes one hour of STEM education designed to show children that STEM is fun and exciting! Plus, each lesson is customizable based on your lesson plan and your individual needs as an educator. That means the concepts your students learn with us will directly relate back to their classroom learning!

Our STEM Field Trip options include:

  • The Science of Roller Skating
  • Motion & Rink Design
  • Music, Math & Roller Skating
  • Super Sound! Acoustics & Rink Design
  • Engineering Magic & Lighting
  • Heart Health
  • Formulas, Fractions, and Fun!

Of course, no trip to our Tallahassee skate center would be complete without skating, so each field trip also includes two hours of physical fitness and fun with roller skating! Plus, our field trips are designed so that the concepts your students learned during the lesson will be reinforced during their two hours of skating time.

Here is what local Tallahassee area educators are saying about our STEM Field Trip program!

So let us help you take learning beyond the classroom. To book a STEM Field Trip for your class, or for more information about our field trips, please contact us today at 1-850-386-4807!

16 Activities to Keep Your Kids Cool & Active This Summer

summer activitiesSummer may be winding down, but temperatures are staying in the 80’s and 90’s. With the scorching heat outside, kids may not want to be outdoors. Unfortunately, this causes them to be couch potatoes and watch television all day. That’s why the team at Skate World Center put together a list of summer activities that your kids will love! It will get them moving and enjoying summer again (and may even help them reconnect with friends before they head back to school).

  1. Camp in your backyard
  2. Construct a tent indoors using blankets and chairs
  3. Eat at a new restaurant
  4. Finger paint new wall décor
  5. Go on a hike at a nearby trail
  6. Have a water balloon fight
  7. Host a scavenger hunt
  8. Make your own slip ‘n slide
  9. Paint the kid’s bedrooms (with their help)
  10. Play at a local park
  11. Play board games
  12. Roller skate at Skate World Center
  13. Swim at the pool
  14. Tackle a kid-friendly project
  15. Visit a nearby zoo
  16. Wash the cars

Even though school is quickly approaching, there’s still time to have summer fun. Make it a point to check off everything on this list! Your kids will be glad you did, and so will you!

Checking off number 12? We want to make sure you get the best deal around. That’s why we created a summer fun special just for you! Your kids will be having a blast and you won’t break the bank. Check out our hours, then head to the roller skating rink today!

Why Summer Birthday Parties Are Better At Skate World

roller skatingParents, are you racking your brain for a great birthday party venue in the Tallahassee area? Skate World Center is the answer! Summer birthdays are often spent at the pool or outside. But, with this hot weather we’re experiencing, take a break from the heat and head to Skate World Center. This is why kids of all ages love a birthday party at the roller skating rink:

  • It Provides a Social Outlet – Summertime is fun but sometimes it can get lonely. When you book a party at the roller skating rink, your child will get to reconnect with friends and hang out for hours.
  • It Changes Up the Ordinary Routine – Sleep, swim, eat, repeat. Summer days are often spent at the pool, then home for dinner, then bedtime. To change up the routine, head to the rink!
  • It’s Great Exercise – Your kiddos don’t know this because they’re having so much fun, but roller skating is a great form of exercise. When they’re racing around the rink, they’re burning calories, toning muscles, and improving their heart health.

Skate World Center = Party City

Don’t have a summer birthday? No problem! We have specials going on all year long to make sure that you can throw a roller skating party that your kids will love. For example, we host parties all the time for summer camps, daycares, after-school programs, sports teams, and more! When you have at least 10 skaters in your group, we will be able to give you a great discount. Are you ready to book your birthday party or just because party at Skate World Center? Contact us today for more info!

The Incredible History of Roller Skating

roller skatingMoms and Dads, before you bring your kids to Skate World Center in Tallahassee for our awesome summer special, tell them about the history of roller skating! This allows you to combine fun and learning. Check out the interesting history of roller skating:

  • 1743 – Roller skates were first used in a London stage performance. However, what wasn’t recorded was the inventor of this roller skate!
  • 1760 – John Joseph Merlin is credited as the inventor of the roller skate, but these skates were not like the skates we skate with today. They were very archaic.
  • 1819 – A Frenchman named Mr. Petitbled patented the roller skate design. Although this was an impressive feat in the 1800’s, this design did not boast maneuverability.
  • 1857 – Less than a century after the first roller skates were seen on a stage, London opened its first public roller skating rinks.
  • 1863 – Finally, a man named James Plimpton improved the roller skate design. The quad skate was designed with four wheels, two in the front and two in the back. This new design increased maneuverability immensely which warranted the first public skating rink in New York City.
  • 1876 – Thanks to the toe stop invention in 1876, skaters enjoyed easy stopping while racing around the rink.
  • 1880’s – This decade is credited as the first roller skate “boom” period, as roller skates were finally being mass-produced in the United States.
  • 1902 – A public skating rink was opened in Chicago, Illinois, and opening night saw 7,000 people!
  • 1979 – If you’re a rollerblade lover, you likely know of the Olson brothers. Scott Olson launched the company Rollerblade, Inc. in 1979!
  • 1983 – The love of roller skating spread to the White House when President Ronald Reagan declared October as National Roller Skating Month.
  • 1993 – To increase safety for roller skaters, Rollerblade Inc. developed Active Brake Technology.

Now that you’re up to speed on the history of roller skating, we want you to race around the rink at Skate World Center! Check out our summer schedule and head to the rink today.

Summer Specials We Know You’ll Love at Skate World Center

roller skatingMoms and dads, school is out and FUN is in. If you’re searching for a fun activity in Tallahassee, Florida, for your kids to do over the summer, look no further than Skate World Center. We want your kids to have the best summer ever! So, that’s why we have an incredible special that we think you’re going to love. Check it out:

Summer Fun Special

All summer long, the team at Skate World Center is hosting an incredible summer deal that is valid Monday through Friday. Admission to our skate center is only $9! Do you have a child that isn’t crazy about skating or is too young to roller skate? No problem! Admission covers one activity: racing around the roller skating rink or playing at the playground. If you need to rent skates, the cost is only $4 extra. (Make sure to dress the kids appropriately to ensure they don’t trip!)

Why Unstructured Play is Necessary

For roughly 180 days of the year, kids are in a very structured place: school. Their classes, lunch break, recess, and everything in between fits into a tight schedule. We understand that school must be that way to ensure maximum efficiency and productivity. But, after a long school year, kids are ready for unstructured play!

At Skate World Center, you can relax knowing that your kids are in a safe and fun environment. They will enjoy playing with their siblings and friends at the rink or playground. And, there are many benefits of unstructured play such as increased social skills, brain development, and more.

Are you ready to bring your kids to Skate World Center? Check out our schedule and head to the rink today!

Summer Field Trips at Skate World Center

When most people think of field trips, they think of a break from the monotony of the school day. But what about your summer camp or daycare? A skating field trip at Skate World Center will not only keep your campers active, entertained, and engaged, it will also take the pressure off your counselors and directors to find activities!

Skate World Center field trips offer more than just a break, though. We offer an indoor, fully air-conditioned space for kids to get active! Fun, engaging exercise like roller skating will improve everyone’s mood, ward off boredom, make bedtimes easier (which parents will love), and help prevent summer brain drain. Planning monthly, or even weekly field trips will give your campers something extra to look forward to, acting as an incentive for good behavior.

When you plan a field trip with Skate World Center, you don’t have to worry about anything other than booking a date and making sure parents and kids are aware. We handle skate rental and food, and of course, the activities are built in. Your group can purchase food packages or kids can purchase their own, depending on your needs. Not only that, but chaperones skate free!

Give yourself and your campers a break this year and book a field trip at Skate World Center. Availability is limited and will go fast, so don’t delay. Contact us today and let’s get started planning a field trip for your daycare, day camp, summer class program, or even parents group!